Opinion

Give the gift of life for Christmas

Letters to the Editor

The most valuable Christmas present that you can give to someone in Hawaii is a pint of blood. Your gift of life can save up to three lives during this holiday season. The old adage “it is more blessed to give than to receive” is true when it come to donating blood for those who need it ...

The homeless will abuse whatever you give them

Letters to the Editor

I busted out laughing the other week when I read about the idea being tossed around about letting the homeless sleep overnight in their cars. Are you kidding me? Now we’ll have junk cars everywhere they can find to park. Let’s look at it from their view: “I can’t afford to rent a ...

Maui Connections

Columns

I had a come-to-Jesus moment last Friday in Tucson, Ariz. Talking to him one-on-one, he sounds like a good ol’ boy rock ‘n’ roll drummer from Texas, which he actually was in high school, at the beginning of his career. Ted Neeley, who premiered “Jesus Christ Superstar” on Broadway ...

Birth of a princess noted

Editorial

On Dec. 19, 1831, a daughter was born to Ke Ali‘i Abner Paki and Laura Konia in Honolulu. The infant was the great-granddaughter of Kamehameha the Great and would exert a lasting influence on the kingdom, territory and state. Princess Bernice Pauahi Paki Bishop founded Kamehameha Schools, ...

Trusting in God, Hawaii can be restored as a nation

Letters to the Editor

The United States government, businessmen and churches are responsible for Hawaii’s 1893 overthrow. President Donald Trump’s stance regarding Jerusalem is relevant to restoring Hawaii. “It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done” in response to the 1993 ...

Raise GET tax and dedicate funds to road improvement

Letters to the Editor

Maui County is in desperate need of new and more and improved roadways. Whether the state or county is responsible, nevertheless the ones that suffer are the citizens and visitors. The hundreds of dollars that are wasted every year by the average Maui roadway user waiting in traffic or looking ...

Kihei roadwork creates entrepreneurial opportunity

Letters to the Editor

I’m retired. Recently I went for a walk in the afternoon. I live in north Kihei near where North Kihei Road has been closed by a roadblock for several months while crews work to replace the old culvert bridge near what was Suda Store and is now an ABC. It has been reported that the work ...

Permitting a sleeping area shows compassion

Letters to the Editor

I was filled with joy when the county announced a plan to help our neighbors use their cars for nighttime homes. During the day, our friends use their vehicles to keep their children and possessions. At night, their daytime housing locations are closed, putting them at risk. Permitting a ...

Trees help overcome sizzling temperatures

Letters to the Editor

How I miss those chopped-down monkeypods once ventilating Piilani Highway at Kulanihakoi Street in Kihei. Trees overcome sizzling temperatures with three major outputs: refreshing shade; lowered ambient temperature since less heat reflects off the adjacent shaded sections; cool air discharged ...

Everything left of far right isn’t always propaganda

Letters to the Editor

In response to a Nov. 29 letter writer regarding people “throwing away precious longtime relationships” when they “find out they voted for Trump and now they are all of a sudden (considered to be) racist, white supremacist, homophobic, misogynist, global-warming denying haters. You might ...

Staff has improved water quality and capacity

Letters to the Editor

The leadership and technical knowledge of water department Director Dave Taylor and staff have improved delivered freshwater qualities and water capacities (efficient transfer of aquifer waters to treatment facilities) within budget. The water department’s regularly published water quality ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: I like to enjoy a few drinks with friends and family but the last thing I need is a DUI, especially with all the checkpoints over the holidays. What’s the legal blood alcohol limit? A: While by law ...

Deadline approaching for circuit breaker, boards and commissions

Columns

As the end of the year approaches, there are a few reminders I would like to share. Earlier this month, the Maui County Council unanimously passed adjustments to the circuit breaker tax credit. The intent of the credit is to provide homeowners with property tax relief if their property taxes ...

End of the Soviet Union

Editorial

In a quite unlikely scenario, the country dubbed the “Evil Empire” by President Ronald Reagan ceased to exist 26 years ago. The Soviet Union folded with a whimper, not a bang. Its president, Mikhail Gorbachev, ceded power to Boris Yeltsin, president of the Russian Federation. On Dec. 17, ...

Council wasting time considering suntan lotion

Letters to the Editor

Why are County Council members dealing with something that cannot be stopped? The small-minded County Council is wasting time and money on suntan lotion? Time for a reality check! You think you can do anything about it? What makes you think they are buying it here? Get real now — why should ...

Hawaii is one of the top taxed states in America

Letters to the Editor

Raising the excise tax from 4 to 4.5 percent is not a 0.5 percent increase. The amount is 0.5, but the percentage increase is 12.5 percent. Our current excise tax of 4 percent equates to somewhere near 11 percent if there were a more standard sales tax that does not apply to services and, ...

Foot officers could enforce illegal fireworks laws better

Letters to the Editor

I appreciate The Maui News bringing attention to the issue of illegal fireworks (Dec. 10). We have to medicate one of our dogs on a regular basis because of her terror of the explosions and flashes. Just a few explosions turn a normally confident dog into a quivering, panting, drooling mess, ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

“Remember Pearl Harbor!” Those were the words that became the rallying cry for this country to enter the largest world conflict in human history. Of course, the refrain refers to the attack by the Japanese Imperial Navy on the military base stationed along the southern shores of Oahu on ...

The birth of a nation

Editorial

On Dec. 16, 1773, a bunch of American colonists staged a “tea party” in Boston Harbor to protest an act by the British parliament that would have given a virtual monopoly on the sale of tea in North America to the East India Co. According to history.com, the value of the tea dumped into ...

Include a healthy lifetime sport when setting goals

Letters to the Editor

A lifetime sport should energize you and keep you fit for life. I was taught in high school about lifetime sports like tennis, running and swimming. I became a high school state tennis champion. Thanks to biofeedback and Feldenkrais (a yogalike mind-body practice), I no longer have shoulder ...